Project News

October, 2013 to August, 2014

High Tech Romans Exhibition Featuring Rome Reborn 2.2 Moves to Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium

High Tech Romans comes to Technopolis in Belgium, where upwards of 500,000 people are expected to see it. The exhibition features 32 interactive exhibits plus 20 showcases full of archaeological finds from the northern part of the Roman Empire. A video based on Rome Reborn 2.2 is shown in the orientation theater at the entrance. High Tech Romans is a co-production between: Museum Het Valkhof in Holland, the LVR-Landesmuseum in Germany, the Museon in Holland and Technopolis in Belgium.

August 5, 2013

Viewership of Rome Reborn videos on YouTube and Vimeo Surpasses 1 Million

Rome Reborn Director Bernard Frischer announced that the data show that well over one million people worldwide have seen on either Vimeo or YouTube the virtual tour of Rome based on versions 2.1 and 2.2 of the Rome Reborn model.

August 1, 2013

Rome Reborn Most Viewed Humanities Video of The Khan Academy

A Tour through Ancient Rome in 320 C.E. was posted on YouTube by The Khan Academy in May, 2012. By August 1, 2013, it had been seen by over 125,000 people, garnering over 425 likes and was by far the most popular humanities offering available through Khan. Other popular Khan videos treat Picasso's Guernica (ca. 67,500 views), the East Pediment of the Parthenon (ca. 44,500 views), Andy Warhol's soup cans (ca. 43,000 views), Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel (ca. 40,000 views), the Stele with Hammurabi's Law Code (ca. 30,500 views), Bernini's Daphnis and Apollo (ca. 28,000 views), Raphael's School of Athens (ca. 24,000 views). Some of these videos have been available for two or even four years. In contrast, Rome Reborn surpassed 100,000 views in less than one year. Khan's goal is to "change education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere." The Rome Reborn team applauds this vision and is proud to have been able to make a small contribution to this amazing enterprise.

October, 2012 to August, 2013

High Tech Romans Exhibition Featuring Rome Reborn 2.2 Shown at Museon in The Hague, The Netherlands

High Tech Romans comes to The Hague. The exhibition features 32 interactive exhibits plus 20 showcases full of archaeological finds from the northern part of the Roman Empire. A video based on Rome Reborn 2.2 is shown in the orientation theater at the entrance. High Tech Romans is a co-production between: Museum Het Valkhof in Holland, the LVR-Landesmuseum in Germany, the Museon in Holland and Technopolis in Belgium.

May 12, 2012

Rome Reborn meets The Khan Academy

A Tour through Ancient Rome in 320 C.E. was released by SmartHistory, a division of The Khan Academy. Rome Reborn is shown while Project Director Bernard Frischer discusses the ancient city with Khan Academy Deans Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

March, 2012 to August, 2012

High Tech Romans Exhibition Featuring Rome Reborn 2.2 Moves to the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, Germany

High Tech Romans reopens in Bonn, Germany. The exhibition features 32 interactive exhibits plus 20 showcases full of archaeological finds from the northern part of the Roman Empire. A video based on Rome Reborn 2.2 is shown in the orientation theater at the entrance. High Tech Romans is a co-production between: Museum Het Valkhof in Holland, the LVR-Landesmuseum in Germany, the Museon in Holland and Technopolis in Belgium.

November 1, 2011

Video Based on Rome Reborn 2.2 Uploaded to Vimeo

Project Director Bernard Frischer announced that "Rome Reborn 2.2: A Tour of Ancient Rome in 320 C.E." has been uploaded to Vimeo today.

September, 2011 to January, 2012

High Tech Romans Exhibition Featuring Rome Reborn 2.2 Opens at the Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

High Tech Romans premiered in Nijmegen. The exhibition features 32 interactive exhibits plus 20 showcases full of archaeological finds from the northern part of the Roman Empire. A video based on Rome Reborn 2.2 is shown in the orientation theater at the entrance. High Tech Romans is a co-production between: Museum Het Valkhof in Holland, the LVR-Landesmuseum in Germany, the Museon in Holland and Technopolis in Belgium. Initial responses were enthusiastic. A reviewer in the local newspaper wrote, "...High-Tech Romans is surprising, enlightening and beautifully crafted." Click here for more...

August 25, 2011

New Video Featuring Rome Reborn 2.2 Uploaded to YouTube

Project Director Bernard Frischer announced that "Rome Reborn 2.2" was uploaded today to YouTube.

July 1, 2011

Rome Reborn 2.2 Featured in the Eaton Gallery of Rome at the Royal Ontario Museum

The Eaton Gallery of Rome at the Royal Ontario Museum unveiled a display showing a video produced by the museum. Prof. Chris Smith, Director of the British School in Rome hosts the program, which features shots of the ruins today brought to life by video clips of the latest version of Rome Reborn. Click here for more...

May 1, 2011

Pantheon added to Rome Reborn 2.2

Project Director Bernard Frischer announced that a highly detailed model of the Pantheon was added to Rome Reborn today. Frischer stated, "the Pantheon will be a key addition to the new release of Rome Reborn. Version 2.2 will come out later this summer and, at long last, will include a detailed model of the ancient city's most famous temple, including the interior space fully restored."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ceremony Held to Celebrate Partnership of Rome Reborn and Université de Caen

In a well-attended public ceremony held in Caen, France, Rome Reborn Director Bernard Frischer and Josette Travers, President of the Université de Caen, signed a contract of cooperation between Rome Reborn and Caen's project "Rome virtuelle." After the signing ceremony, Frischer gave a public presentation of the model as the highlight of the inauguration of the university's new virtual reality theater. Through the new partnership, the Rome Reborn team has been able to add such important features as the Forum of Augustus, Forum of Peace, Forum of Nerva, and the Theater of Pompey to the digital model. It is expected that the next addition from Caen will be the Baths of Caracalla.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rome Reborn Draws Record Crowd to Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam

Rome Reborn was the featured attraction in an all-night festival held at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam from 7:00 pm on November 7 until 2:00 am on November 8. During this time, museum docents gave repeated virtual tours of ancient Rome using the Rome Reborn model; and Rome Reborn Director Bernard Frischer and Technical Director Kim Dylla gave talks to SRO crowds in the museum's auditorium. Museum Director Wim Hupperetz stated that the festival attracted double the previous record number of visitors attending such a festival. The all-night event was preceded by a scholarly conference at the museum on Friday, November 6, 2009 which was devoted to the Rome Reborn project and the virtual modeling of historic cities.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Google Uses Rome Reborn Model in Contest for Educators

Google announced the results of a competition open to K-12 teachers in the United States to incorporate into the curriculum the Rome Reborn model in Google Earth. Eight teachers from around the country were given awards for adapting their standards-based lessons to include the use of Ancient Rome 3D, the version of Rome Reborn available at no cost in Google Earth.

December, 2008

Rome Reborn is the Cover Story of Computer Graphics World

The Rome Reborn project was featured as the cover story of the December, 2008 issue of Computer Graphics World. CGW editor-in-chief Karen Moltenberry authored the ten-page story. She called the project "without question...impressive and ground-breaking." The article is available online.

Press Release - Google Earth 2008

Collaboration With Google Earth Puts U.Va.'s 'Rome Reborn' On the Internet

Wednesday November 12, 2008

November 12, 2008 - "Rome Reborn," the digital re-creation of ancient Rome unveiled last year by Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni and Project Director Bernard Frischer, is now available to all, thanks to Google and a host of other collaborators.

The launch of this new initiative was announced today in Rome at an event hosted by Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome. The event was attended by Google Earth founder Michael T. Jones and dignitaries from the municipality of Rome and the Italian government... View Document (.pdf)

Press Release - SIGGRAPH 2008

Tour Ancient Rome At SIGGRAPH 2008 In Los Angeles

Monday August 4, 2008

A significantly enhanced version of Rome Reborn made its public debut at SIGGRAPH 2008 this August in Los Angeles. It was one of several cutting-edge New Tech Demos that exemplifies how the past invigorates the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Considered the largest virtual reconstruction, cultural heritage, and digital archaeology project to date, Rome Reborn is an international collaboration designed to create an interactive 3D digital model that illustrates the urban development of ancient Rome... View Document (.pdf)

Press Release - Rome Reborn 1.0

Rome Reborn: Rome Reborn Team Rebuilds Ancient Rome Digitally

June 11, 2007

Bernard Frischer, director of the "Rome Reborn" project based at the University of Virginia, stated, "Rome Reborn 1.0" is the continuation of five centuries of research by scholars, architects and artists since the Renaissance who have attempted to restore the ruins of the ancient city with words, maps and images. "Rome Reborn 1.0" is a true 3D model that runs in real time. Users can navigate through the model with complete freedom, moving up, down, left and right at will. They can enter important public buildings such as the Roman Senate House, the Colosseum, or the Temple of Venus and Rome, the ancient city's largest place of worship... HTML Document